How odd. I’ve just discovered, from seeing a screengrab at Caron’s blog, that I made the top 100 Lib Dem blogs this year in the Total Politics awards. This after for the last few years I specifically asked people not to vote for me, and this year didn’t mention it at all.
I don’t like the Total Bollocks awards, and the way they legitimise a very Westminster-oriented view of what is and isn’t political, and the way they’re inevitably biased towards the friends of egregious gossipmonger Iain Dale, which is why I don’t like drawing attention to them, but I’m incredibly flattered that anyone bothered to vote for me at all, especially in a year when I’ve not posted much political stuff (other than all the AV stuff, I suppose). So I just want to say thank you to the people (or person singular? I don’t know how many votes it takes) who voted for me.
However, looking at that list, there are a number of very obvious people missing from it, so *next* year, if you’re thinking of voting for me, could you please vote for Debi Linton (who is, as of today, DOCTOR Debi! – congratulations to one of my very favourite people) or Alex Wilcock, or Jazz Hands or Mat Bowles or Nicholas Whyte or Strange Complex or Andrew Ducker (I *think* Andrew’s a Lib Dem – he’s not mentioned supporting the party in a while and I wouldn’t currently want to assume anything).
There are so many good, intelligent, funny writers in this party – so many of whom I am proud to call friends and who are not just better writers but better people than me – that I’m almost ashamed to have made that list. But also still very, very grateful that someone(s) likes my blogging enough to bother voting for it. I hope over the next year I can improve enough as a writer to justify it.